High-flying Eagles run into break


Halfway through their second season of football existence, the Ridgway Christian Eagles are firing on all cylinders. Just in time for a long midseason break.

It would seem the break couldn’t come at a worse time with Ridgway (3-0) coming off an 86-14 victory over Southwest Christian Academy last Friday. When exactly the Eagles will play again is still up in the air, according to head coach Trent Young.

“I’ve got a call-in (Tuesday) to a school over at Forrest City,” Young said. “Then Wednesday I’m calling over to a school in Little Rock.

“I have high hopes we’ll be able to put something together with at least one of them.”

As the team waits to see what the future holds, Young said the team will continue preparing for the remainder of the season. Even if he doesn’t know yet how much is remaining.

“We’ll continue our lifting and our conditioning,” Young said. “I’ll be giving them a couple, not much, days off.

“We’ll probably stay in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts this week. Then next week we’ll get back to full-contact.”

The worst-case scenario for Ridgway is no game until Oct. 25 in Athens, La., against Mount Olive. Ridgway defeated Mount Olive 46-0 at home on Sept. 20 in its first-ever home game.

In that game, running back Cody Andersen had 12 carries for about 135 yards and four touchdowns, while his twin brother quarterback Jacob had 11 carries for just over 100 yards and two touchdowns.

The sophomores again were the offensive catalysts in last Friday’s home win over SCA.

Cody Andersen ran the ball just nine times but gained 250 yards for an incredible 27.8 yards per carry. He also accounted for six total touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving). Jacob Andersen went 3-for-4, while rushing for 81 yards and even returned an interception for a touchdown. Fullback Jacob Dedman also enjoyed a big game finishing with 112 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns and three two-point conversions.

“Things just happened,” Young said about the game. “Defensively, Southwest didn’t tackle very well. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. They turned the ball over three or four times and we converted all four into scores. It just happened real quick. We had maybe one ground-it-out drive that was eight or nine plays; the rest were all two, three or four plays.

“I haven’t quite been involved in anything like that in all my years of coaching, but our guys ran hard and earned it.”

Young said he has been pleased overall with how his team has played so far this season.

“This is a close-knit group,” Young said. “It really shows in practice. They play hard in ball games. We have great fan support. All the parents watch the games, but the administration comes out, too.

“It all comes down to their work habits. They have great work habits and they are very coachable.”

The Ridgway senior high team might not know when its next game will be, but the junior high team does.

Ridgway will take on the Arkansas School of the Deaf at 5 p.m. Tuesday at home.

In their last game, the Eagles beat Southwest Christian 28-24 after trailing by two touchdowns at halftime.

“They’re getting better, too,” Young said of the junior high team. “Most guys haven’t played football before, but they’re making improvements.”